Baja unveils plans for major "underwater park" off its coast

The first artificial reef in Mexico's Northwest seas will be south of Rosarito

Pedro Ramírez Campuzano, one of the project's benefactors and a local businessman, talked about how the project will bring scientific, environmental and economic benefits for Rosarito and Baja California.

Marine Flora and Fauna off the coast of Puerto Nuevo. Image: Baja California Divers A.C.
Marine Flora and Fauna off the coast of Puerto Nuevo. Image: Baja California Divers A.C.

Óscar Escobedo Carignan, Baja California State tourism Minister, highlighted the creation of the Underwater Park as a way to add value to the state's tourism industry, allowing it to compete at the international level with similar regions, including the U.S. There is also an opportunity for those who weren't aware of the richness of the marine wildlife from Rosarito to Coronado.

[p]The Park will follow all international guidelines and will be the first to achieve it in all of Mexico. There are plans to add other ships and even sculptures to the Park, similar to one off Cancun's coast.

Óscar Escobedo Carignan
Óscar Escobedo Carignan

During the presentation, invitees were also witness to the official signing of the charter for the Baja California Artificial Reefs Association, which will be presided over by Francisco Ussel and in charge of maintaining and creating artificial reefs in the state.

The Rosarito Underwater Park is scheduled to open its (figuratively underwater) "doors" during 2014. For now, the project still needs 7 million pesos (about $527,000 USD) for several activities related to sinking the ship and the environmental impact study.

The event was also attended by American diving enthusiast and some scientist who help consult the project team.

To learn more about the project and even join it, visit the official site and social network profiles.

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VIDEO : Presentation of the "Rosarito Underwater Park".

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